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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

Invisible threats such as radiation, viruses, airborne carbon, and cyber monitoring will divide people since many will believe in conspiracies and many will be crippled with fear. This all despite not having a full understanding of any of these issues. In this case they are releasing "treated" water as has been done numerous times in nuclear plants around the world. Not saying it is 100% safe but obviously this is a decision that has been thought through carefully.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

One important, related stat that is missing: 38% of the Japanese population does not want to get the vaccine.

Asked to rate how willing they would be to receive COVID-19 vaccines once available to the public, the proportion of those who replied "very likely" or "somewhat likely" was 62.1%.

So a successful rollout was never going to happen regardless of when vaccinations started.

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Posted in: Tears and cheers as Matsuyama Masters victory thrills Japan See in context

Listening to that tv presenter choke up was actually quite moving. This means the world to so many Japanese golf fans. What a great day for Japanese sport!

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

A more honest headline would have contained the word "treated"

Releasing treated nuclear plant water into the oceans is not exclusive to Japan and has been done many times before. A quick news clip from Goshi Hosono...

It has become common practice for nuclear plants around the world to dump into the sea water tainted with tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that emits very low beta particles and cannot be separated from water under the current purification system, after dilution, based on standards set by each country. There’s no hazard posed by external radiation of tritium, which is similar to water and does not secrete into any particular organs in fish or humans through the food chain.

There are other countries that release much higher volumes of tritiated water to the ocean besides Japan. Besides Fukushima, Japan has discharged such water from other plants, and if we say no only in the case of Fukushima No. 1, that would be treating the plant differently than others and we cannot allow that to happen.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

There is no real reason to legalize it in Japan unless it can be administered/prescribed for medical treatment. It wouldn't be a tax generator here since so few would use it. It wouldn't squash dangerous drug dealer rings since they are not big issues here. Just accept that the majority of the Japanese public view it as a taboo product. Nothing wrong with that.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

One theory that is still being studied through models is that it is best to first vaccinate the potential spreaders over those who are at higher risk. The idea is that it will stop the virus from transmitting through the public much more quickly.

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Posted in: Shimane Prefecture OKs Olympic torch relay after initial opposition See in context

Outdoor fresh-air (and domed) events take place daily in the form of baseball/soccer in Japan. A torch relay winding through a prefecture is not going to be any more of an issue.

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Posted in: Swimmer Ikee wins Olympic relay spot after leukemia battle See in context

Remarkable and moving story.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 446 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs record high 666 See in context

@Do the hustle - What is the inevitable?

All I can see is the continuation of running the economy as best as possible while vaccines are on the horizon. Life here has been pretty normal all things considered.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

Only half the Japanese elderly want the vaccine so it shouldn't take too long to complete.

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Posted in: Crowds line routes in Tochigi as Olympic torch arrives in Kanto region See in context

@Asiaman7 - Social distancing (1-2m) is not practiced in most situations in Japan. Sure there are signs but nobody is panicked about being in close proximity to one another. And outdoor events have never been proven to be spreading issues. All clusters are coming from indoors. People want to poopoo the Olympics but so many major sporting leagues have proven it is possible to continue business in a safe manner. The baseball stadiums here have tons of fans and there are no huge outbreaks.

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Posted in: From April, all price tags in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included See in context

I noticed Seiyu recently changed all of their price tags. It definitely was a case of sticker shock on some items even though the final price should be the same. But I did notice some items that I regularly buy actually go up in price. It is a convenient time to slip through price increases.

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Posted in: No shouts of joy among eateries, theaters despite state of emergency lifting See in context

@Monty - you are so right with this observation.

It is something the majority of posters on JT don't want to recognize for some reason. "Most" Japanese will be cautious regardless of the statements from the government. This approach over the past year has kept deaths and serious cases at a low level for such a high densely populated country. Residents maintained all of their freedoms with an economy that chugged on despite its battle scars. Things are going well here with vaccines on board soon to make things even better. Very optimistic.

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Posted in: Japan considers COVID-19 vaccination certificates for those traveling overseas See in context

A bit of a "Black Mirror: Nosedive" feel to this. Careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: Survey shows many seniors undecided about vaccination See in context

The most vulnerable in Japan are opposed to getting a vaccine. Fair enough. The Japanese elders are entitled to make their own decisions too. The final casualty total will reflect the decisions made by everyone. And after one year in, Japan has fared very well. With general public vaccines just around the corner, the situation should only get better. Western scorn won't change a thing.

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Posted in: Gov't to lift state of emergency for 6 prefectures on Sunday See in context

I am confused. Is lifting the SOE going to make things worse? The reason I ask is because the majority of posters were opining that the original SOE would have no effect since the virus doesn't infect only at night.

Based on what I have experienced of living in a large Japanese city, the balance of precaution and maintaining a working economy has been handled well. Japan's approach to only testing the symptomatic hasn't blown up in their face. The general public have been quite prudent and cautious. We know this because of the low percentage of seriously ill and deceased. Those facts cannot be denied unless you are a conspiracy theorist.

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Posted in: Should Spotify payments go to artists you actually listen to? See in context

If you don't give a song at least 30 seconds to play it is not considered a stream. People are quite impatient with suggested songs they have not heard before so new artists are definitely suffering from the quick FFW clicks. Hopefully this new pay-out suggestion helps a bit. The biggest issue for these artists is getting heard beyond the 30 second threshold.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 266 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 961 See in context

@Shimon... you speak facts. Too many don't want to believe that the situation is not so bad in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,362 See in context

Can Japan Today just put this number on a side-bar in the form of a graph and update it daily? A sole article each day seems excessive. The numbers no longer alarm anybody. Life is pretty normal in Japan and most hospitals are coping. Separate stories would be warranted when issues arise.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

3.7 million yen seems like an arbitrary number. After lawyer fees it definitely isn't about being properly financially compensated. Albeit it is rare to see massive suits here.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,214 See in context

Fantastic! Definitely the right direction.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

I am not mad at these numbers. Less people with serious symptoms. If they are consistently reporting numbers based on their protocol then there are fewer cases showing up. What is not to like about that?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 633 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,673 See in context

The level of freedom in Japan really stands out during this horrible pandemic. It is such a comfortable country to live in. Great to see the numbers falling in Tokyo.

The government allows the people to make their own decisions on how to behave. There will always be a small percentage who ignore the advice of experts. Most of us are prudent.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

Thanks @blahblah222

So when a patient presents with symptoms at a clinic they must get approval from the government before getting a free test? I believe the physician could make a spot decision to test, no?

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Posted in: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout See in context

Consultation phase needs to be done before they show up.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

Does government have control over the number of daily tests issued? Or are test figures determined by who came to clinics/hospitals meeting the criteria of symptoms needed to get a test?

If it is the latter it would seem that the situation is slightly better than before.

Anybody know?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 986 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,990 See in context

nakanoguy01 Oh to live in your echo chamber

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 986 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,990 See in context

Serious question...If I don't believe these numbers am I a conspiracy theorist? Because it should work both ways, no matter what side of the fence you are on.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to penalize people who do not comply with antivirus measures See in context

**smithinjapan : **I'm all for fines and imprisonment

Yikes! One of the beauties of Japan is that the people actually have more freedom than in countries like UK, Canada or Australia.

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Posted in: Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural See in context

If he feathered it tight he may be able to unite the left and right.

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